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#HumansofDukeSanford Martine Aurelien (MPP '18)

MPP Student Martine Aurelien

"I have been in Eastern North Carolina for three years where I taught. I’m focusing my work on social policy including but not limited to education and poverty. As an educator in Eastern North Carolina I very quickly realized that my ability to impact a lot of the things that were happening in the community that I was working in were very limited as a teacher. I felt like a lot of the policies I was forced to execute, I had little power to leverage to change that even thought I saw the impacts they were having on children, on the school, and in communities. I felt getting a Master’s in Public Policy would allow me the opportunity to really get a seat at the table of those policies that were impacting those communities."


Search Committee selected for new Sanford School Dean

Sanford Building with flowers

Public Policy Professor Billy Pizer will chair a committee to search for the new dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy to replace Kelly Brownell, President Vincent E. Price and Provost Sally Kornbluth announced this week. Brownell, who has served as dean since 2013, will leave office June 30, 2018. He will remain on the Duke faculty and serve as director of the new World Food Policy Center, which will operate out of the Sanford School.


Howard E. Covington Jr.: Let's remember Terry Sanford

Terry Sanford and wife celebrating

We’re in the centennial year of the birth of Terry Sanford. Born Aug. 20, 1917, he fully expected to be around to share this time with us. After all, his mother, Betsy, was a centenarian and still driving to church. Terry saw no reason that her genes wouldn’t carry him the distance as well. That was not to be. We lost Sanford in 1998. The chapel at Duke University was filled beyond capacity that spring day when North Carolinians from all walks came to remember and help bury the man whose terms as governor and U.S. senator bracketed a 15-year presidency of Duke University. It was quite a run for an Eagle Scout and combat veteran from Laurinburg who believed to his core that public service was an honorable way of life.


Terry Sanford’s astonishing life and legacy with us still

Terry Sanford

Terry Sanford has been gone almost 20 years now, dying at the age of 80 in 1998. He would have turned 100 last Sunday. And yet he’s with us still. With us in two, maybe three, generations of North Carolina leaders who either learned their politics and honed their progressive beliefs at his knee, or from people who learned from the people who learned from “Terry.” Yes, it was always “Terry” to those around him, “Terry” as if he were still the barefoot kid from Laurinburg who swam in the cold, dark waters of the Lumber River.


Behind the unlikely success of PolitiFact and the Truth-O-Meter

PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter

There were lots of good reasons we shouldn’t have started PolitiFact. We were out of our league. The St. Petersburg Times was a regional paper with a good reputation, but we didn’t know much about fact-checking or developing new products in a digital age. [...] And yet we still built it.


Energy student profile: Aubrey Zhang MPP'18

MPP Student Aubrey Zhang

About 1.2 billion people in the world do not have access to electricity—and another billion lack reliable access. At Duke, Sanford School of Public Policy student Aubrey Zhang MPP’18 has opportunities to contribute to efforts addressing this global challenge. “Energy access is an important issue that presents an interesting set of problems,” said Zhang. “It’s about addressing poverty. It’s also about engineering, and of course, the environment.”


Terry Sanford Centennial

Terry Sanford

As Duke University President from 1970 to 1985, former North Carolina Governor Terry Sanford led Duke's rise to national prominence, set in motion signature programs, and voiced aspirations that still shape the institution today.


Statement in Response to Events in Charlottesville

We at Sanford unequivocally condemn the ideologies of hatred, intolerance, and white supremacy that were laid bare before the world this weekend. We affirm that this school is stronger as a place for people of different backgrounds, beliefs, and identities, and commit ourselves to the pursuits of diversity and inclusivity. We also acknowledge that announcements like this are but a token display of our determination, and that as an educational institution we must be part of specific and ongoing efforts to combat intolerance and hatred. We hope that you all will stand with us going forward as we work to make Sanford a place where tolerance, acceptance, respect, and diversity flourish.


Korstad Receives NEH Grant for Civil Rights Project

The Lucky Strike Tower at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham

Robert Korstad, professor of public policy and history, will direct an institute for 30 teachers next summer titled “The Civil Rights Movement: Grassroots Perspectives.” The institute is made possible by a grant totaling $188,974 from the National Endowment for the Humanities and will be hosted by the Franklin Humanities Institute. The summer institute will bring together teachers from across the United States for a three-week residency at Duke University in July 2018. 


Challenges to Our National Security and Democracy with Congressman Adam Schiff

Statue of Liberty

Congressman Adam Schiff (CA-28) will deliver the Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture on Monday, October 30 at 5:30 p.m. in Penn Pavilion.  


Study Finds Links Between Exposure to Violence and Obesity in Teens

Teens consumed more unhealthy foods and beverages on days they were exposed to violence, and suffered from fatigue due to poor sleep the next day, according to a new study by Duke researchers. Those behaviors, especially increased soda consumption, are important predictors of weight gain.


#HumansofDukeSanford Kate Lohmeyer

MPP/MBA student Kate Lohmeyer

"When I was a child, I would spend hours with my grandmother looking at her photo albums from traveling all over Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia. She showed me pictures of wildlife from the Galapagos, art from France and Italy, and engineering projects in China. From her kitchen table on the South Side of Chicago, my grandmother opened my eyes to the broader world and sparked a lifelong interest in reaching out beyond our borders. Following my first year at Sanford, I have had the great privilege of interning at the World Trade Organization in Switzerland. This summer, I witnessed and became a part of the international efforts to face down the growing challenges of an increasingly interconnected world. I never could have imagined the trajectory from my grandmother's kitchen table to the dais of the WTO, but I know I have her to thank for instilling in me a concern for others and an interest in international affairs. I don't know what my child self would think about who I have become or what I do today, but I know she would be elated to find herself following in her grandmother's footsteps and stepping out to face challenges beyond our shores." -Kate Lohmeyer, MPP/MBA '19